Add a crank motor as well to the bike - that will confuse the authorities.suppose that puts me outside the law with my 2x 250W hubs on one bike
This knotty problem, coupled with the fact that these regulations are invariably badly drafted in the UK* will mean that the issue will be avoided like the plague! The police understandably like simple issues.What about the legal situation for 250 watt UK motors with throttle after the EU regulations (no throttle) are brought into force and the existing UK regulations are repealed, with a retrospective saving for existing bikes (with throttle) which currently comply with the UK 200 watt limit?
What are the courts going to say about a 250 watt with throttle built before the EU regulations apply?
Sorry Flecc, just to clarify, sometime ago you mentioned this:The British law says 200 watts maximum continuous power, the EU regulations 250 watts.
The EU regulations came into force in Britain 10th November 2003, but the civil service omitted to cancel the British law as the EU required, so we've had both in force. Since our courts are likely to go by British law, 200 watts is the limit currently. However, this is widely ignored by suppliers and users alike and many bikes on sale are 250 watts.
Action to clear up the legal mess is currently in hand at the Department for Transport and the revised regulations implementing EU law only should come into force either later this year or sometime next year. In the circumstances a prosecution against use of a 250 watt bike is now unlikely and no-one has ever heard of anyone being stopped and checked here.
Yes, you have only the UK law in force, which includes the EU regulations, i.e. 250 watts, no independent control by throttle without pedalling. THe 1983 EAPC regulations were British law, not UK.Sorry Flecc, just to clarify, sometime ago you mentioned this:
EU no-throttles rules in Northern Ireland and have had since 10th November 2003.
The simple reason for this is that our 1983 EAPC legislation is British law, not applying to you since N.I is in the UK, not Great Britain. The mandatory EU regulation was passed into UK law back in 2003, with no contrary British law to overrule it in your case.
e ago you mentioned this:
Does this mean that NI is allowed up to 250W but not throttle?